Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will introduce the prevention of communal violence Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, the first day of the second part of the winter session.
The Cabinet had cleared the proposed legislation with some changes in December. A clause that placed the onus of riots on the majority community, with victims of communal violence essentially being a person belonging to “religious or linguistic minority”, was dropped.
Under the new Bill, the NHRC and the state human rights commissions will oversee functions related to maintaining communal harmony. The Rajya Sabha will also take up the Bill to protect the rights of urban street vendors, which has been already passed by the Lok Sabha. Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy is set to introduce two anti-graft legislations in the Lok Sabha — Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011, and the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill, 2011.
259 churches and institutes under protection after recent spate of attacks.